Permanent StoryWalk trail coming soon

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The Delaware County District Library is proud to announce that we are the recipient of a Delaware Public Health District Mini-Grant for Building Healthy Communities. Of nine applicants, totaling requests of nearly $35,000, the Delaware Library’s StoryWalk® interactive reading journey project was one of four projects chosen for full or partial funding.

The Delaware Department of Public Health created the Building Healthy Communities Mini-Grants Program to help prevent and reduce chronic disease in Delaware County. Additionally, they aim to increase health equity by increasing opportunities for engagement in physical activity through collaboration, partnerships and community engagement.

A StoryWalk® is a disassembled children’s book that has been displayed on different panels around a path or trail. The trails promote reading and physical activity in a single interactive and family activity.

Funding for the Delaware Library project will result in permanent StoryWalk trail structures at one of Delaware County’s preservation parks. Last summer, as part of a pilot project, the library and preservation parks partnered to create science-themed trails in Blues Creek and Emily Traphagen parks. Books were purchased and assembled (or disassembled) by the Delaware Library and placed along walking paths in parks.

The pilot project used traditional traffic signs and pickets with laminated book pages glued to the signs.

The library’s $4,500 mini-grant will be used to purchase permanent wood, metal, or plastic structures with weather-resistant acrylic coverings to protect the book pages and allow for year-round display. . The Library and Preservation Parks will work together to determine the location of the park and the path where the StoryWalk will be presented.

To learn more about the Delaware County Library’s StoryWalks, visit www.delawarelibrary.org/storywalk. You can also take a look at the titles that will be presented in our Orange, Powell and Ostrander branches this spring.

Congratulations to the other mini-grant recipients at Andrews House, Grace Clinic Delaware, and City of Delaware Parks and Recreation.

This week, we take a look at the new fiction titles that hit our shelves in March.

• “When I’m gone, look for me in the East” by Quan Barry. Identical twin brothers – Tibetan novice monk Chuluun and his estranged brother, Mun – traverse the harsh terrain of Mongolia, in search of a reincarnation of the unifying spiritual leader known as the lama. Read it for an illuminating meditation on the challenges of faith, destiny, and brotherhood (literally and metaphysically).

• “Tides” by Sara Freeman. Struck by deep loss, a woman abandons her life and drifts to a seaside town. With only a cell phone and a few dollars, she steals money from tourists; drinks more than she eats; sleep on the beach. Her funds dwindle when the tourist season ends, leading her to a job at a local wine shop. What brought her to this nihilistic exile? Can he get something out of his tenuous bond with Simon, the shopkeeper? (Note: do NOT confuse this with romance!)

• “What the Fireflies Knew” by Kai Harris. Ten-year-old Kenyatta (KB) and her teenage sister Nia are to spend the summer with their grandfather after tragic family losses. KB’s love of reading brings solace while remaining largely alone to deal with heartbreak, family secrets, and the not-so-subtle racism of neighbors. You’ll be cheering on the likeable and believable young protagonist of this novel from the first page. Set in the mid-1980s, Harris delivers a memorable and moving coming-of-age story.

• “No one but the righteous” by Chantal James. In the wake of post-Katrina New Orleans, 19-year-old Ham seeks out his adoptive mother Miss Pearl, who took him in as an 11-year-old rebel. His journey unfolds in a lush, atmospheric, non-linear narrative. The twist! Tired of Ham’s disruptive childhood ways, Miss Pearl presents him with a medallion containing the spirit of a Dominican priest who guides him through life – although perhaps not always in the best way.

• “Very Cold People” by Sarah Manguso. Ruthie — the child of a Jewish mother and an Italian father — comes of age in a small Massachusetts town, where longtime residents are class-conscious and deeply insular. Will she get there? Ruthie recounts a life of family dysfunction and sexual trauma. First convinced that she deserves nothing more, she gradually acquires a sense of autonomy and a desperate desire to escape.

• “Wildcat” by Amelia Morris. Aspiring writer Leanne now faces all the usual grueling tasks of mothering a newborn. However, the spirit of Leanne’s recently deceased father informs her that her so-called “best friend” Regina is actually a back saboteur. Leanne doesn’t: she pursues her revenge via social media, and it’s brutal. Read it for new mom drama with a quirky wit and a sardonic edge.

If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always happy to hear from you!

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